Five arrested for kidnapping man, demanding Ksh100K ransom

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 27 May, 2022 12:28 | 2 mins read
The five people arrested for kidnapping a man and demanding ransom in Ruaraka. PHOTO/ DCI
The five people arrested for kidnapping a man and demanding ransom in Ruaraka. PHOTO/ DCI

Five suspects were on Thursday, May 26, 2022, arrested for allegedly kidnapping a man and demanding a ransom in exchange for his freedom.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the suspects identified as Joseph Makau Mulatya, Patrick Wekesa Omosa, Rehema Njeri, Vigilance Mumbi and Hadija Ong’ai, were apprehended in a sting operation launched by Parklands sleuths.

At the time of their arrest, the five had held a man captive eagerly waiting for an Mpesa transaction of Ksh100,000 in exchange for his freedom.

"The man had called his relatives claiming that he had been involved in a road accident and needed Sh100,000 for treatment" DCI stated.

How they execute

According to detectives, the suspects target unsuspecting men from social networking sites before leading them to a room where they hold them hostage.

It is said that the women target their victims who are mostly caucasian, before exclusively interacting with them and setting up a physical meeting place at Nairobi's Ruaraka area.

"In a well-choreographed plan, the three damsels who were arrested prey for men online, promising them blissful moments with a happy ending and the wowed men easily fall into the trap hook, line and sinker,

"With a special preference for men of caucasian origin, the women lure the smitten men to a house behind Ruaraka’s Naivas supermarket," DCI wrote.

In the incident orchestrated by the five, gullible men who fall into their trap with the hopes of securing a happy ending find themselves buying their way into freedom.

“Moments before they get down, a rude knock suddenly interrupts the occasion as a man posing as a boyfriend to one of the women suddenly appears, throwing a spanner in the works of an eventful evening,” DCI further stated.

“What follows are demands for a ransom depending on how deep one’s pockets are.”

Currently, the five have been processed to answer to robbery with violence charges.

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